I3 Connectivity Explorer

The I3 Connectivity Explorer is the broadband visualization tool for anyone who knows that her or his broadband options are limited and wants to make their situation better.

In the U.S., most of the population is in the  “my broadband is limited”  group unless they already live in a metropolitan neighborhood supporting multiple high-speed network providers. This project’s goal is to help everyone else get out of the first group “my broadband is iffy” and into a second group “and I want to do something about it!” so that eventually you can say “our broadband is great!

Status: The Explorer is currently in limited-user testing.  Visit the I3 Connectivity Explorer site if you want to help. Subscribe to the  I3 Connectivity Explorer News, a mailing list  for everyone who is using or following the announcements regarding the tool. If you’re just curious, there’s a screencast you can view.

About the Application

Improving your connectivity requires getting involved with your community. The goal for this application is to provide a common basis for understanding your local situation.

I3 Connectivity Explorer pulls data from U.S. Government agencies — FCC, Census, EPA, USDA — and public sources including the Measurement Lab and the Pro Publica Congress API. It then combines the sources across the places we live: towns, counties and county subdivisions, tribal regions, school and congressional districts; and presents the data in both graphical (maps and charts) and tabular formats using multiple resolutions: block, block group, tract, county, and state.

The application attempts to provide the best data possible based on openly available data sources, including information provided by the FCC or the US Census. The real data is imperfect. It’s spotty. It’s what the providers report or other users collect. The data will inform you broadly about your county, or your town, or your tribal area, but it won’t tell you what precisely what is available in your apartment or on your front porch. But it will help you with where to start looking and provide ideas on to get better connectivity to everyone in your community  and not just to your own living room.